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Asia » South Korea » Busan November 17th 2018

Our next visit was to the city of Busan. Our train from Suncheon arrived punctually, at 8.50 pm, after a journey in the dark. Our hotel, L'Idea Hotel, was about 100 yards from the train station, chosen by Steve for its proximity (as well as all the usual other things), and we were checking in within ten minutes of getting off the train! And what a lovely room! It was enormous, had its own entrance vestibule(!!) with a shoehorn to help those of us now classed as 'elderly' with our footwear, a wetroom with a Japanese style loo, a jet bath, a king AND a queen sized bed (it was a 'family' room), fluffy duvets, piles of pillows and cushions, slippers and dressing gowns, a separate seating area WITH CHAIRS, a heating system we could figure ... read more
Toilet instructions!
Finally, signs we can read ....
Keep it safe

Asia » South Korea » Busan August 22nd 2018

Dnes som to tu chcel ponat relaxacne. Oranzovym Metrom sa dostavam na stanicu toseong. Po vyjdeny na povrch som si vsimol znacku posta. Tak super, posta uplne mini. Fesna postarka mi predava 3znamky, tie lepim na gratis pohladnice, podavam postarke a smer Gamcheon Culture Village. Dalo sa ist aj busom ale je to v pesej dostupnosti i ked dost slapania do kopca. Uzkymi ulickami sa dostavam k startovaciemu bodu. Recenzie neklamali, je to dost turisticke. Idem prakticky s davom po hlavnej ulicke. Tam po bokoch rozne restiky a suvenirove obchodiky. Nesmu chybat pozicovne doboveho oblecenia. Obchodiky su gycovo pomalovane, obcas neaka ta gycova soska a neaka ta malba na stene. Korejky si robia kopy selfie. Fakt mi pripadaju ako take barbie. Zmalovane, pekne oblecene, same pozy do mobilu no uplne nevsimave. Uplne sklamanie i ked fajn ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan August 21st 2018

Spanek konecne normalny. Ranajky rovnako ako vcera. Nasadam na zelene metro a smer konecna jangasan. Vonku opat mega teplo. Moje kroky vedu na Jangsan Mountain. Trial by mal zacinat v daecheon parku. Nuz zacina, len vsetko v korejcine a mapy su dost neasne. Idem podla navodu https://www.finnomads.com/2017/02/41-good-hiking-places-in-busan.html Nuz idem podla neho len po outdoor posilovnu. Potum uz intuitivne podla mapy.cz Na zaciatku parku kopa skolkarov. Neskor pri mini rieke kopa oddychujucich dochodcov. Som velmi prekvapeny kolko dochodcov v sikmookych krajinach turistikuje. Nuz teda po fajn ceste si pochodujem okolo chramu, rieky s mini vodopadom az k telocvicny v lese. Tu to strhavam vlavo, prekracujem po kamenoch riecku a uz som na prirodnom chodniku. Cul uz mam normalne turisticke topanky. V slapkach to tu neodporucam max len tento park. ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan August 20th 2018

V noci som nemohol vobec spat. Dnesny plan je mensia turistika po pobrezi. Ranajky kupene v blizkom 711. Voda docapovana zo stroja na ubytku. Chytam bus c.24 a veziem sa az na konecnu k velkej atrakcii Oryukdo Skywalk. To je totalna debilita. Clovek ked chce stupit na asi 20m sklenenu plosinu si musi nasadit na topanky navleky. Lude sa tu fotili jak divy ale fakt to nist speci neni. V info centru zistujem ci je pravda ci su lode zrusene. Pohladna informatorka vola do pristavu a bohuzial je to pravda. Nuz nic, prejdem na plan B, ktory vsak musim najskor vymyslet. Zacina moj pobrezny trial cez igidae park. Cital som, ze to je pohoda, tak moja obuv je v style beach = slapky. Zacina stupanie po schodoch. Velmi pekne vyhlady na blizke dva mini ostrovceky, utesy ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan August 19th 2018

Rano som este nebol rozhodnuti ci tu ostanem abo nie. Cakal som na spravu od jednej cs z pohangu (male mestecko cca 20km). Nuz nehlasila sa, tak to balim a v busane bookujem opat hostel zo siete kimchi, dufam, ze bude lepsejsi. V 711 kupujem po case vodu, uz bolo treba vymenit flasu. Chuj som si ale nekupil nic na jedenie do vlaku. Listok kupeny v pohode s kartou. Vlak prichadza len s 3 voznami, taky maly motoracik. Debil som nevedel otvorit dvere do vozna, stacilo ich len potlacit. Cesta do namchang ubehla velmi rychlo. Vystupili sme tu len 4 ludia. Uplne prti mestecko. Stanica v rekonstrukcii. Podla pokynov baby z hostela v andongu idem na bus zastavku (furt rovno, druha odbocka vpravo, za postu). Odtialto chodia dve linky 715 a 405 do Ganjeolgot. Mam stastie ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan August 14th 2018

And so Monday morning, I’m at the bustling Seoul Station to catch the 10:00 KTX express train to Busan, and in first class to boot. What you get extra in first class is wider comfier reclining seats, Wi-Fi access, free water, snacks and newspapers. I spent most of the journey posting on Instagram and attempting an initial draft of the first travel blog. To save you from asking, there were no zombies on this train to Busan, sadly… A little under three hours later I arrive at Busan Station – home of the slowest moving escalators in the world – on Korea’s south east coast. The nation’s second city is its main port and home to its biggest seaside resort. Both were evident on the taxi to my hotel in the Haeundae district, the main beach ... read more
Dwaeji gukbap, beef and rice soup
Gwangan Bridge  at night
Busan from the Geumgang Park  cable car

Asia » South Korea » Busan August 11th 2018

Dear All Greetings! Greetings this time from South Korea, country number 78! I believe I last wrote just about to leave Japan, and was quite sad to do so. Indeed, it has been a bit of a culture shock arriving in South Korea, at once similar but also really very different to its neighbour across the Sea of Japan. I can say it took me a full day to get used to being here. I took the fast ferry from Fukuoka, and arriving in Busan, South Korea’s second largest city at 3.5 million people, the differences were immediately apparent. I think if I were to have come here directly from England, I would have noticed what other travellers I have spoken to have noticed – it is a clean, efficient and well-organised country. Coming from Japan, ... read more
Jagalchi Fish Market
Beomeo-Sa Buddhist Temple
Geumgang Park Cable Car

Asia » South Korea » Busan July 19th 2018

I'm not sure how this sudden change has come over me, where I seem to have transformed in to the most compliant traveller going around! I'll never forget these past 10 days in Busan, a beautiful city at the base of South Korea. The welcome has been overwhelming, the people I've met kind and friendly, and the invites arriving at a dizzying rate. Basically I've become accustomed to just saying yes to anything. Tom, would you like to go to Cheongju for a day trip ... yes; Tom, would you like to go to a restaurant to try this traditional Korean dish tonight ... yes; Tom, shall we go and explore a temple today ... yes; Tom, do you want to come to the spa with us tonight ... yes; how about karaoke tonight ... yes; ... read more
Beautiful temple
Stunning temple
Temple stairs

Asia » South Korea » Busan October 14th 2017

Hey everyone, Oops I definitely meant to write this last weekend. As they say, time flies when you’re having fun! I mentioned in my last post that this past week was Chuseok, Korea’s version of Thanksgiving. Because it is one of the major national holidays, we had the whole week off (to be fair, we only get Christmas Day and New Year’s Day off for our winter holidays… Not even a few days around the holidays, but only the days themselves). Having so much time off was wonderful, but I must admit the timing was a bit annoying for my coworker and myself, as we hadn’t yet been paid before the holiday. Actually, our payday fell within the holiday week, but since the banks were closed all week (and this Monday) due to the national holiday, ... read more
Skybridge
We found Haeundae Beach!
Bryan is terrible at photo-taking, so Julia was making fun of him

Asia » South Korea » Busan March 16th 2017

Geo: 35.1579, 129.055Busan is the 2nd largest city in South Korea and the world's 5th largest container port. It's a very modern city with tall apartment buildings. Our first stop was at a mountain Buddhist Monastery. A large complex. Our second stop was a very modern shopping centre. No pictures.... read more
Beomeosa Temple
Beomeosa Temple
Beomeosa Temple




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